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Lavender in beauty products is nothing new. But why is everyone so obsessed with the delicate purple flower, and why is it such an enduring ingredient? Here's why you should incorporate this powerful plant into your routine, and everything you need to do exactly that.

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Lavender is more than just a pleasant scent. The plant can calm your nerves after an especially stressful day, help balance sensitive, acne-prone skin, and even provide structure to dull, lifeless hair.

If you haven't yet reaped the benefits of a lavender-rich product, let the powerful plant take over your regimen by trying the refreshing items below.  

Restore Your Hair

Moisturizing Hair Oil With Lavender by Christophe Robin, $47, sephora.com.
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Apply this to your strands right before bed and the oil will nourish your hair while you sleep.

Rosemary and Lavender Blend Leave-On Conditioner, $30, lavettandchin.com.
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Lavender meets clove and geranium in this hydrating spray that protects strands from environmental forces such as pollution and sun. 

Cleanse With Care

Lavender Foaming Bath, $38, loccitane.com.

This bubble bath uses lavender that comes straight from the fields of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence in France. So, while you sink into a warm oasis of lavender-scented water, let your mind wander to the French mountains.

Lavender Pure-Castile Liquid Soap, $11, drbronner.com.
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The soap that does it all (seriously, you can even use it to wash dishes) definitely delivers when it comes to a soothing end-of-day shower. Coconut, jojoba, and olive oils play a supporting role to cleanse and moisturize skin.

Eco-Beauty Waterproof Makeup Remover Wipes, $20, lafreshgroup.com.

Lavender, vitamin E, jojoba, and grapeseed oil gently remove eye and lip makeup—keyword is "gently," as you won't have to rub and irritate your skin just to get rid of liquid liner.

Treat Your Face 

Lavender Mint Lip Bloom, $17, farmacybeauty.com.
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This lip balm is one of the most soothing in the game. The mixture of lavender and mint protects against dryness so you can maintain soft, healthy-looking lips throughout the day.

Herbal Lavender Repair Mask, $50, elemis.com.
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This restorative mask balances oily and blemish-prone skin, providing brightness without leaving a shiny residue.

Facial Toner by Klairs, $23, urbanoutfitters.com.

Neutralize your skin with this Korean toner, which uses lavender to calm down any irritation or breakouts.

Shaving Cream Bowl by Taylor of Old Bond Street, $14, westcoastshaving.com.

The best shaving cream is one that provides a clean, smooth finish, but also nourishes the skin long after you've finished. That's where lavender comes in—the scent will calm your frazzled nerves in the morning and the plant extract (sourced from Norfolk in England) will comfort skin from beginning to end.

Avoid Life's Annoying Roadblocks

Lavender + Sage Deodorant Stick, $9, schmidtsdeodorant.com.

When using natural deodorant, you want a stick that fights odor without an overwhelmingly floral fragrance. In Schmidt's deodorant, lavender provides an elegant scent, while sage works its antibacterial magic.

Herbal Insect Repellent, $18, meowmeowtweet.com.

This natural bug repellent includes lavender, lemongrass, apple cider vinegar, and cedar. Spray this skin-friendly formula on yourself and your surroundings, especially when you're camping in the woods. 

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